On to the second race of the weekend – Ironman Copenhagen. This was it’s fifth year as an Ironman race, although it had run under the Challenge banner before that. It’s one of the larger races on the calendar with over 2,500 competitors making it to the start line and the standard 40 Kona slots are on offer for the fastest age groupers. This year’s race doesn’t stray far from previous results.
Edit: the top 15 athletes from the F30-34 division were missing from my original results and report. They’ve now been added and all charts updated with their times.
It’s only the bike distribution that differs much this year. The 2017 bike comes out slightly slower than the previous 4 years of results and does shift the overall distribution to be very slightly slower too. The difference appears to be about 5-10 minutes at the median and much smaller for the front 5%. Not particularly significant, so it seems reasonable to conclude this was a typical year of racing on the Copenhagen course.
My previous data can’t separate swim DNF from DNS with certainty so this year is the first time I have precise DNF numbers. We can compare bike and run though. Here numbers lie firmly in the middle, again suggesting a typical race.
Age group medians follow the pattern of the distributions. On the bike we see slightly slower times for many age groups, but in swim and run there’s less variation and certainly less consistency across groups. Of course there can be outliers – the small F65-69 age group came in much slower than previous years for example.
Attendance to the race and the share of Kona slots is well spread across a variety of mostly European nations.
Tracking positions within age groups shows that this year’s times do lie inline with previous results. There are small shifts up and down, but few of any significance. Copenhagen is a very consistent race.
Based on start numbers I’ve estimated the Kona slot allocation and from that the automatic qualification times in each age groups. Numbers may vary and roll down will influence final qualifying times. You can read about qualification times at all race on my Kona qualification page.
The front of the age group race generally tracked close to the averages. Although quite a few male age groups came out faster than average, either among the qualifiers or through the whole top 20. Enough lie close to the average that I don’t think there’s any signs of a real change here though.
You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Copenhagen 2017 on my Google Drive.